For its 25th anniversary, the “2016 Essence of Style Design Symposium” featured Guest Speaker Dutch Master Designer René van Rems. Chaired by Suzanne Krieger and Kathy Weidner, the three-day event welcomed van Rems to New Orleans with a Designer Reception on Thursday, November 17, at the Old Metairie Home of Doug Lore. The Luncheon and Lecture took place on Friday, November 18, at the Audubon Team Room, where participants gathered to explore European seasonal interiors, events and weddings, complete with a silent auction and book signing. On Saturday, November 19, van Rems led workshops on how to create a holiday centerpiece using autumn flowers and foliage.
The autumn-inspired Saturday Luncheon menu was prepared by the Tea Room, featuring a menu of butternut squash soup, a medallion of pork glazed with a cranberry pecan meuniere sauce and a side of sweet potatoes, with a cinnamon glazed apple for dessert. David Bandrowski played the banjo at the reception party.
Festive auction items included a birthday party package at the Audubon Zoo or Aquarium with a Safari “Lion King-inspired” necklace and earring set; a pair of John Akers original watercolors; cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for eight at Longue Vue House and Gardens; and more. Other specialty items for sale or auction included items from The Shop at Longue Vue, table centerpieces from the luncheon and a decorative vase pull, with beautiful vases valued up to $200. The Designer Reception featured a Wine Auction, featuring a premier wine pull and a top prize of an antique Dutch wine cooler from the Magazine Street Antique Store.
The symposium served to educate locals interested in interior design while fundraising towards the maintenance, educational programs and art exhibitions of a National Historic Landmark.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Essence of Style Design Symposium’s Designer Reception,” benefiting Friends of Longue Vue
When: Thursday, November 17
Where: Home of Doug Lore